Salina Vagabond Players is a theatre company with an inclusive family feeling, a full heart, and unwavering respect for all. We welcome everyone who is interested in theatre — young or not-so-young, experienced or not. There are lots of opportunities to get involved!
Karen Babcock Brassea, Consultant
As a performer, Karen has roots on Broadway, the West End, Japan, and Austria, as well as touring the United States extensively. Her performance credits include Chess, Damn Yankees, The Secret Garden, Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, And The World Goes ‘Round, Cats, and numerous regional and international productions. As a natural progression from performing professionally, Karen branched into directing, choreography and teaching performing arts. She has many professional and university directing and choreographic credits, both musicals and straight plays, several of which have won or been nominated for awards. Karen holds an MFA in directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts/Rutgers and a BFA in drama (musical theatre option with honors) from Carnegie Mellon University. This fall, Karen begins her seventh year as a newly-tenured Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University.
Gary has been involved in theatre for over 40 years, having acted in more than 100 plays and musicals in Kansas and California. He also has directed nearly 20 productions at numerous theatres, including Salina Community Theatre, Lindsborg’s Broadway RFD, and Salina Central High School, where he also was drama teacher. He trained in acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Calif., and received a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Kansas Wesleyan University. Gary is married to Marcia and has two children, Sheila and Patrick, and two granddaughters, Greer and Marin.
Dorothy was a volunteer with the Salina Community Theatre for 48 years where she worked in several areas of technical theatre such as set design, set building, theatre makeup, and lighting and sound, before focusing her efforts on props. She worked on numerous productions during that time and is now sharing her enthusiasm for all things theatre—particularly the importance that performers and technical staff play in bringing together all aspects of producing a great show. She welcomes anyone interested in participating in a fun-filled friendly theatre experience.
Susie has enjoyed theatre for the last 20+ years. Although she's appeared several times on stage, her preferred spot is backstage. She thrives on “quick changes” (getting an actor into another costume quickly) or handing off a prop. Her goals have always been to make sure backstage runs quietly and swiftly so the actors can concentrate on their performance. Susie loves the thrill of watching a show grow from infancy into a blazing star.
Debbie is excited to be on the ground floor of the Salina Vagabond Players. Her experience with the theatre actually began when she met her husband, Bill. Since that magical moment at The Smoky Hill River Festival on Bill’s fortieth birthday, she has run props, created costumes, and painted scenery for dozens of Bill’s plays. But, her proudest moment in theatre was to co-own DreamWeaver Productions, where she worked her magic again with props, costumes, ran the business, and even helped write many of the murder mysteries.
Bill comes to the Salina Vagabond Players with a wealth of theatrical experience that spans over four decades. He has acted, directed, and designed scenery for the Salina Community Theatre, and for more than thirty years Bill directed and designed scenery for Salina Central and South High Schools, and for Ell-Saline and Southeast of Saline High Schools. You may remember the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Troupe (DreamWeaver Productions) that he and his wife Deb ran for several years. He is thrilled to be part of this brand new acting troupe.
Are you ready to join us?
Are you a writer? We can mentor you and help you develop your idea into a play.
Want to direct? Intern with an experienced director.
Want to create or find props? We can use your talents!
Handy with tools? Help us build and paint sets.
Channel your inner fashion designer! Create and sew costumes.